Flood of 2019

  FEMA visits Grand Tower to assess flood damage

The Grand Tower community hopes the rebuilding process can soon begin.

  FloodSmart Cairo campaign aims to raise awareness of flood risks

Sandbag removal from historic flooding is in the works

  State of Illinois seeks additional assistance for flood recovery

  2 Heartland women give blankets to comfort people in McClure, Ill. after flooding

  Heartland farmer restores soil after flood

FEMA denies Illinois’ request for federal assistance to residents, business owners following historic flooding

Continued Coverage

  Pres. Trump approves Ill. disaster declaration

  Influx of frogs, toads after historic flooding in southeast Mo.

Mo., Ill., Ky. to receive millions in emergency relief funds for road and bridge repairs

  $4M awarded to IDOT to repair flood-damaged roads, bridges

U.S. Dept. of Labor awards more than $2M to Mo. for severe storm, flood recovery

  Crews work with homeowners to removed damage to homes caused by floodwaters in Alexander County, Ill.

  Gov. Pritzker requests federal disaster declaration for 2019 flooding

If approved for a federal disaster declaration, residents and businesses affected by historic flooding would be allowed to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related expenses and losses.

  Illinois lawmakers tour flood damage in the Heartland

State Leaders in Illinois said they want to do a better job of responding to disasters like the flooding that plagued Alexander County this year.

Mo. counties to receive $9M for land damaged by flooding

NRCS field offices are accepting applications through Oct. 18.

  Designs move forward for new flood wall in Caruthersville, Mo.

Designs are being developed for a new flood wall in Caruthersville, Mo. that will replace the existing barrier that is 87 years old.

  Heartland family receives free RV after losing home in flood

  Crawfish are finding their way into the streets in Alexander County, Ill.

  Police officers hand out ice cream to boost morale after flooding

FEMA assesses damage at homes in East Cape Girardeau

  Counselors available to help students dealing with flooding aftermath

  Flood victims continue life adjustments as FEMA assesses damaged homes

  FEMA starts home damage assessment in Alexander County, Ill.

They will be assessing more than 200 homes reported to have water damage in Alexander County.

  Volunteers help clean up sandbags in McClure, Ill.

They had about 45 volunteers working together throughout the day.

  Sports radio station back on the air after flooding

The transmitter site in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois flooded in June.

  Seep water recedes, trees start dying in East Cape Girardeau, Ill.

Michelle Cochran points out trees and shurbs in her East Cape Girardeau yard that are starting to die off now that seep water is receding.

  East Cape Girardeau village leaders vote to condemn mobile home park, other areas

The Village of East Cape Girardeau met to determine the fate of several areas in East Cape Girardeau, Ill.

  Ill. Congressman Mike Bost visits stranded inland barges in Alexander County

Months ago, six loose barges were sucked into the broken portion of the Lens Small Levee near Miller City, Ill. Four out of the six were collected but two remain.

  Possible looters worry East Cape Girardeau mobile home residents

Village of East Cape Trustee Jason Tubbs said stealing from the community makes a bad situation worse.

MoDOT extends weight allowance for trucks used in flood relief, levee repair

The extension allows private and for-hire carriers to haul up to 10% more than their licensed weight on the highways.

  Ill. residents await federal assistance after flooding

Representatives from FEMA won’t be in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois on Monday, Aug. 12 as planned.

  East Cape Girardeau leaders prepare damage assessment paperwork

He said if all goes well, the village will receive federal funds.

  Heartland farmer reacts to flooding, trade war

A soybean farmer in New Madrid County, Missouri feels like the flood has hurt more than the trade war.

  By the numbers: Mississippi River dropped below flood stage in Cape Girardeau after 144 days

During this time, three states saw devastating flooding which damaged housing, businesses, roads, farmland and more.

  USDA declares agriculture disaster in 102 Ill. counties following flooding

The governor requested the disaster declaration on July 3.

  Relief aid available for flood victims in Alexander County, Ill.

The Illinois Realtors Relief foundation is donating up to $15,000 in relief.

  Man from McClure, Ill. finds black mold inside flooded home

As homeowners in Alexander County, Ill. start returning home, some are surprised to see signs of black mold spreading on the inside.

FEMA approves request to add 6 more Mo. counties for assistance

The individual assistance program assists with temporary housing, housing repairs and the replacement of household items.

  IEMA sends damage assessment team to Alexander County

Becky Glodo with the Village of East Cape Girardeau said the mobile homes are still under a voluntary evacuation. They do not have gas, electric or water.

  Shawnee schools helping students with school supplies on heels of devastating flood

The Shawnee School District #84 is supplying school supplies for all grades, Pre-K through 12 this year.

  Heartland flooded roads, bridge information

Floodwaters can be deeper that they appear and hide other hazards such as sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage and chemicals.

  Landowner waiting for barges to be removed from Alexander Co. property

The barges ended up on farmland after they were sucked through a breach in the Len Small Levee

  Flood victims in East Cape Girardeau get flood assistance application help

The Shawnee Development Council was there to help with applications for financial assistance on Friday, August 2.

  McClure receives flood assistance from Shawnee Development Council

People in McClure are picking up the pieces after months of flooding but, they aren't doing it alone.

  Floodwaters force bride to take a boat to her wedding

A Heartland bride’s wedding day had a soggy start.

  Crews clean-up riverfront for visitors, riverboat dockings

For the first time this summer riverboats will be able to dock at the Cape Girardeau riverfront.

Illinois National Guard completes flood operations

The Illinois National Guard left East Cape Girardeau on July 30.

  McClure, East Cape Girardeau residents needing flood assistance can apply Aug. 1-2

This is for residents who need assistance with lodging, food, clothing, necessities, rent, electric, gas, prescriptions and more.

  Deadline for Missouri residents to apply for FEMA assistance approaching

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance in Missouri is September 19.

  McClure, Ill. used sandbags to battle floodwaters, now the challenge is picking them up

People in McClure used sandbags to battle floodwaters, and now they have a new challenge. What to do with all the sandbags?

  Ill. Army National Guard soldiers to leave East Cape Girardeau; still ‘risky’ to restore power, let residents return home

The Illinois Army National Guard is scheduled to leave East Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, July 30.

  Devil’s Backbone Park and Campground in need of relief aid to clean, repair

As the floodwaters continue to recede, the cleanup efforts are underway at Devil’s Backbone Park and Campground.

FEMA approves disaster assistance to Mo. counties recovering from flooding, storms

The approval means FEMA will assist with the cost of repairs to damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.

Route 3 to open back up after weeks of flooding

Route 3 is open after weeks of flooding. Things are finally getting back to normal for those who live in Thebes.

  Rain causes flooded streets in East Cape Girardeau

Rain poured into East Cape Girardeau causing streets to flood in a town that is still dealing with a flooding crisis.

  Rte. 3 between East Cape Girardeau, Gale, Ill. reopened

IDOT reopned Route 3 from the Cape "Y" south to Gale, Ill. Monday, July 29.

  Everyday Hero: Ashley Sturm stepping up to help her community in the floodfight

This Everyday Hero used all of her time off for the year accrued as a mail sorter with the United States Postal Service to stay home and save her home and help her neighbors.

  Illinois Army National Guard continues floodfight in East Cape Girardeau

The Illinois Army National Guard were on hand checking on pumps, sandbag walls, cleaning up unused sandbags and assisting the community.

  Churches unite to help honor couple who helped save a southern Ill. town from flooding

With the months long floodfight, there have been helping hands along the way to protect and save the homes and businesses.

  Heartland school helping students dealing with flooding

School officials tell us they are wanting to make sure to help every student with any help they can before walking into their classrooms.

  IDOT: Portions of Rte 3 and Rte 146 reopen to traffic

It's been a long time coming for drivers who'd had to go the long way around to and from Cape Girardeau.

  Route 3 between East Cape Girardeau, Gale, Ill. to remain closed this weekend

Route 3 between East Cape Girardeau and Gale, Illinois was the first major road closure in Alexander County from this year’s historic flood, and it appears it’ll be the last to reopen.

  Heartland drivers relieved Ill. Rte. 3 reopening July 26

After five weeks, the detours are finally about to be over

  Cleanup begins at flooded Trail of Tears State Park campsite

For the first time in months, staff at Trail of Tears State Park are working to reopen their most popular campsite along the riverfront.

  Riverfront Trail in Cape Girardeau remains partially closed to public

On Wednesday, July 24, the Parks and Recreation Department said it is hoping to reopen it before the weekend.

  Grand Tower feeling a small relief after major flood problems

As the Mississippi River continues to go down, river towns like Grand Tower are starting to feel some needed much relief.

  Drains, water pumps key to falling floodwaters in Alexander Co. Ill.

More floodwater is being flushed out of Alexander County Illinois now more than ever, thanks to gravity drains and water pumps that are working around the clock.

  Sand from sandbags clogs sewage system in East Cape Girardeau

Crews start to fix sewage system so people don't have issues in their homes.

  Bost introduces legislation to repair Len Small Levee

During the most recent flooding, several barges and tows were sucked inland at the Len Small Levee breach site.

  More than 400 cases of product collected in ‘Flood the Bus’ event

Volunteers collected bottled water and Gatorade to help hydrate those fighting the floodwater.

  Rte. 146 between East Cape Girardeau, Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge reopens; parts of Rte. 3 still covered with water

According to Keith Miley with the Illinois Department of Transportation, about 5-7 inches of water remain on some parts of Route 3.

  Gov. Pritzker requests FEMA assess flood damage

The assessments will start on July 29.

  Trash, mail services return to flooded parts of Alexander Co. Ill.

Now that flood waters are starting to recede trash and mail services have returned to Alexander County Illinois making the community one step closer towards returning to normal life.

  Alexander County officials: Flooding 2019 is the ‘worst’ ever

The price tag for flood damage in Alexander County will likely be in the millions of dollars.

  Wait is over for folks in Cape Girardeau as Broadway floodgate opened

The wait is finally over in Cape Girardeau. After more than four months, the Broadway floodgate is back open.

  McClure starting to see relief from flooding

They aren't quite dry yet, but the residents are finally feeling hopeful that things will be normal soon.

  Sightseers not welcome in East Cape Girardeau

Highway 146 between the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge in Cape Girardeau and East Cape Girardeau is open for residents only.

  East Cape Girardeau residents returning home, assessing damages

Many people are able to come back home to see what kind of damage has been left behind.

  Flood of 2019: High Water in the Heartland

We took a closer look at where all this water came from, the damage, and talked with the people impacted the most.

  FEMA agrees to conduct damage assessment in Cape Girardeau and other counties

This is in response to the flooding, tornadoes and severe storms starting on April 29 and continuing throughout the spring.